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Piran and the Skocjan Caves, Slovenia

 Posted by Simon Laroche
Simon Laroche
, June 18, 2007 at 14:31:36 :: Slovenia

Piran (Italian Pirano) is a town and municipality in southwestern Slovenia on the Adriatic coast along the Gulf of Piran. The municipality has 16,758 (2002) inhabitants and covers a 46.6 km² area. The town has 4,576 (2002) inhabitants on an 1 km² area. The municipality is bilingual, both Slovenian and Italian are official languages. It borders on the south with Croatia, on the north (on the sea) with Italy and on the east with the municipalities of Izola and Koper. The municipality has an international airport and a marina.

Piran (it: Pirano), southwestern Slovenia (Slovenija)

The town resembles a large open-air museum, with medieval architecture and a rich cultural heritage. Narrow streets and compact houses give the town its special charm. Piran is the administrative centre of the local area and one of Slovenia's major tourist attractions.

Reka River in Škocjanske jame, Škocjan Caves, Slovenia

Škocjan Caves (Slovene Škocjanske jame; Italian: Grotte di San Canziano) is a system of limestone caves in the Kras (Karst) region in southwestern Slovenia, containing collapsed dolines, about 5 kilometres of underground passages, caves more than 200 metres deep and many waterfalls. This is one of the most famous sites in the world for the study of karstic (limestone) phenomena.

Since 1986, Škocjan Caves are on the UNESCO list of World Heritage Sites.

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Slovenia, Spain, Heritage of Mercury. Almadén and Idrija

 Posted by Simon Laroche
Simon Laroche
, September 29, 2013 at 05:36:38

Location Slovenia, Spain
Coordinates N38 46 31 W4 50 20
Property 104 ha
Date of Inscription 2012

Brief Description ( )

The property includes the mining sites of Almadén (Spain), where mercury (quicksilver) has been extracted since antiquity, and Idrija (Slovenia), where mercury was first found in AD1490. The Spanish property includes buildings relating to its mining history, including Retamar Castle, religious buildings and traditional dwellings. The site in Idrija notably features mercury stores and infrastructure, as well as miners’ living quarters, and a miners’ theatre. The sites bear testimony to the intercontinental trade in mercury which generated important exchanges between Europe and America over the centuries. Together they represent the two largest mercury mines in the world, operational until recent times.

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Almaden, Headframe Antonijev Rov, Idrija

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Slovenia, Skocjan Caves

 Posted by Simon Laroche
Simon Laroche
, September 29, 2013 at 05:20:29

Location Villages of Škocjan pri Divaci, Matavun and Betanja, Communes of Divaca and Sežana, Region of Obalno-kraška, Slovenia
Coordinates N45 40 0.012 E14 0 0
Property 413 ha
Date of Inscription 1986

Brief Description ( )

This exceptional system of limestone caves comprises collapsed dolines, some 6 km of underground passages with a total depth of more than 200 m, many waterfalls and one of the largest known underground chambers. The site, located in the Kras region (literally meaning Karst), is one of the most famous in the world for the study of karstic phenomena.

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Skocjan Caves, Kras region Skocjan Caves, Reka River

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